New York Boating Information
Registration Questions:(518) 474-0445
Boating Registration Website:
State Tax Department Website:
Registration Grace Period (Days):90 days
Boat Sales & Use Tax Rate:4% but can reach up to 8.75% with local taxes
Credit For Tax Paid In Another State:Yes
State Decal Required For Documented Vessel:Yes
Boat Titles Issued:Yes
Notes:Varies by locality; vessels brought in for repair are exempt.
Boating Law Administrator(518) 474-0445
Maximum Speed Limit:Posted Speed Limit
Maximum Dimensions For Trailer:48'L x 8'6"W x 13'6"H
Maximum Overall Length with Vehicle & Trailer:65'
Minimum Weight Requiring Separate Trailer Brakes:3000 lbs.
Trailer Equipment Requirements:
Safety Chains:Yes
Brake Lights:Yes
Clearance Lights:Yes (Over 80" Wide)
License Light:Yes
Turn Signals:Yes
Flares:No, Commercial Only
Breakaway Breaks:Yes
Two Trailers:No
Insurance:No as long as the vehicle insurance has a rider
Wide Trailer Permit Office:(888) 783-1685
For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at